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A Marksville teenager and Echo man were arrested by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents for alleged deer hunting violations on Wednesday, October 16 in Avoyelles and Rapides parishes.


Agents cited Barry B. Laiche, age 17 of Marksville, and Travis Maddox, age 26 of Echo, for taking deer using illegal methods, possession of illegally taken deer, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, taking illegal deer during an open season and hunting on Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) lands without permission from land owner.  Maddox was also cited for hunting without a big game hunting license.

Agents received information that Laiche and Maddox illegally killed a total of five deer on or about Monday and Tuesday, October 7 and October 8 on Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club property.  Agents learned that Laiche drove his truck onto the property to retrieve the killed deer.

Agents arrived at Laiche’s residence days later to question him and noticed his vehicle parked in the yard.  Agents found blood and hair on the tailgate of the truck and inside the bed.  

Agents then learned that Laiche was incarcerated in the Avoyelles Detention Center #1 on theft, attempted theft and seven counts of resisting an officer charges.

After agents questioned Laiche, he admitted that he and Maddox did illegally kill five deer on the Grand Lake Hunting Club with a .308 caliber and 45-70 caliber rifles.  Agents obtained a search warrant for Laiche’s residence and seized photos of three antlerless deer and two antlered deer and antlers from a seven point buck.

Agents then arrested Maddox and booked him at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office in Marksville into  Avoyelles Detention Center #1. He was later released on a $4,500 bond. 

Laiche is still being held at the Avoyelles Detention Center #1 under a $20,000 bond for all of his charges.

Possession of illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking illegal deer during an open season carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting on DMAP lands without permission from land owner each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a resident big game license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.